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ANTH 1024 Cultural Anthropology
Explores the similarities and differences among contemporary cultures of the world. Introduces the concepts and methods central to cultural anthropology and explores various domains of social life, such as marriage and family, political and economic systems, gender ideology, magic, and religion. Recommended for first-year and sophomore students only. III A

ANTH 1034 Human Origins
The physical origin, evolution, and prehistory of human beings and the major archaeological methods used to reconstruct the fossil record. Explores non-human primate evolution and social behavior among chimpanzees, gorillas, and monkeys. Focuses on the major debates in physical anthropology regarding the nature of human origins and evolution.

ANTH 1044 Cultural Geography
Provides an introduction to the study of spatial distributions of people on earth, including population trends, migration, land-use, urbanism, and changing global systems. This is an introductory course without prerequisites. Also listed as SOC 1054. III A

ANTH 1054 Introduction to Archaeology
Students will focus on how archaeologists make interpretations of the past using material remains. By examining the utility and limits of archaeological methods, students will learn to critically evaluate archaeological interpretations. The history of archaeology and major theoretical perspectives are examined and contemporary challenges facing archaeologists are explored. II Social Science

ANTH 1074 World Prehistory
Offers an overview of major cultural developments in the world from the spread of modern humans throughout the world to the dawn of history. Prehistoric cultures from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe are discussed, using archaeological and ethnographic source material to explore such topics as the origins of agriculture, the first cities, the development of the state, trade, and warfare. III A

ANTH 2204 Anthropology: Area Study
An intensive study of a particular geographic area and the culture within that area, such as Sub- Saharan Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, or Native North, Middle, or South America. The area studied changes from term to term and will be announced in advance. May be repeated for credit as the topic changes. Prerequisite: ANTH 1024. IV; V

ANTH 2324 Cultural Psychology
An examination of culture and psychological processes as mutually constituting agents. The course will be positioned within broad themes, including diversity in psychological functioning, cultural grounding of psychological experience and processes, and psychology of culture. Topics include self and identity, human development, relationships, emotions, cognition and perception, motivation and health. Prerequisite: PSY 1004 or ANTH 1024. Also listed as PSY-2324. IV

ANTH 2344 Global Health
A multidisciplinary investigation of global health emphasizing a critical evaluation of its current status and prospects in several under-resourced countries. The course will focus on ways in which culture, economics, philosophy, science and political policies influence population health, especially as these are evidenced in nutrition; epidemiology and infectious disease; maternal/child health; and chronic diseases that result from population trends such as obesity and smoking. Prerequisite: 1 course in ANTH, PHIL, BIO, or EXSCI. Also listed as IDS 2344. III A or IV

ANTH 2554 African Art and Culture
Provides an introduction to the rich heritage of African art and culture. Examines the varied ways that African art has shaped and been shaped by the histories and cultural values of different African peoples, both in the past and during the present day. This course will strengthen the student’s ability to critically assess the role of art in Africa for the people who produce and use it, and will provide an understanding of the role of African art in the West for the people who collect, exhibit, view, and study it. Topics of study will include social, political, religious, philosophical, gendered, and aesthetic practices. Also listed as ART 2554. III A or IV

ANTH 2604 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
Investigates the relationship between humans and the supernatural world in various cross-cultural settings, and the ways in which religious belief systems influence sociocultural arrangements around the world. Specific areas of study include shamanism, revitalization movements, healing cults, the function of witchcraft accusations, sorcery, and divination. Prerequisite: ANTH 1024. IV

ANTH 2934 Gender, Culture, and the Social Body
Investigates sociological and anthropological perspectives on the body. Topics include an analysis of body modification and alteration, (diet, exercise, bodybuilding, scarification), and bodily decoration (tattooing, body paint, jewelry, ceremonial clothing). The course poses questions such as: How are issues of power and domination written into cultural scripts about ideal forms? How does bodily decoration convey gendered meanings and statuses? Explores how processes of development and capitalism have transformed understandings and attitudes about beauty, clothing, and the ’ideal’ body. Prerequisite: ANTH 1024 or SOC 1004. Also listed as SOC 2934 and WS 2934. IV

ANTH 3204 Topics in Anthropology
An in-depth study of a particular topic in anthropology and the theories and methods used to study that topic. Topics may include culture change; psychological anthropology; applied anthropology; health, healing, and culture; or anthropology of Appalachia. IV

ANTH 3244 Global Feminisms
Designed to introduce students to women’s issues, experiences, and activities from outside of the United States, focusing on areas generally understood to be part of the ’Third World.’ Using an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, students will draw on various methods of analyzing and understanding the production of gender relations, and the webs of power within which women’s lives are situated. Cultural dimensions of gender and power will also be considered. Topics studied may include colonialism, globalization, maternity and reproductive rights, violence, population and poverty, sexuality and sex work, women’s activism, and grassroots cooperatives. Each time the course is taught, the focus is on three major world regions, exploring the above issues within each one. Prerequisite: WS 1004 or PHIL 2004. Also listed as WS 3244. III A or IV; IV

ANTH 3304 Urban Anthropology
Investigates the nature of urban life in cross-cultural settings. Topics include theories of urbanism, migration, family life, kinship, class, and ethnicity. Students will conduct small-scale urban fieldwork projects as a means of exploring various dimensions of urban culture. Prerequisite: ANTH 1024. IV; V

ANTH 3314 Latin American Prehistory
Focusing on 20,000 years of human presence in Latin America and the Caribbean, from the arrival of the first people from Asia at the end of the last ice age to the arrival of Europeans in the sixteenth century, this course offers an overview of major cultural developments in the region, including the origins of agriculture, village life, and the first cities. Using archaeological, historical, and ethnographic source material, the course culminates in an examination of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations, including the radical changes that accompanied the arrival of Europeans. IV

ANTH 3344 Global Health
A multidisciplinary investigation of global health emphasizing a critical evaluation of its current status and prospects in several under-resourced countries. The course will focus on ways in which culture, economics, philosophy, science and political policies influence population health, especially as these are evidenced in nutrition; epidemiology and infectious disease; maternal/child health; and chronic diseases that result from population trends such as obesity and smoking. Prerequisites: 1 course in ANTH, PHIL, BIO,PS, or EXSCI. Also listed as ANTH 2344. IIIA or IV

ANTH 3374 Health, Healing, & Culture
Medical anthropology is a subfield of anthropology concerned with health and healing systems cross-culturally. This course examines cultural conceptions of disease, illness, and healing as they vary across cultures. Topics surveyed include the role of healers in culture, biomedicine as a cultural system, mental illness, childbirth and reproduction, and non-Western medical traditions. Prerequisite: ANTH 1024. IV; V

ANTH 3404 Sustainable Development
Explores the concept of sustainable development, from the beginning of the era of international development following WWII to the present. The course explores the challenges involved in creating sustainable development, from the socio-cultural issues and environmental concerns to the definition of sustainability. Case studies will help highlight these issues. Prerequisite: ANTH 1024 or SOC 1004. Also listed as SOC 3404. IV; V

ANTH 3424 Appalachia and the Environment
From the beginning of human habitation to the present, the physical landscape of Appalachia has shaped the culture and society of Appalachian peoples. This course examines the relationship of the physical and cultural aspects of Appalachia, from Ice Age hunters to the present. Recent environmental and anti-environmental movements are discussed. Using anthropological, geographical, and sociological literature, students will develop an understanding of the complex relationship of the physical and cultural landscapes, examine the power of historical trends and legacies, and critically examine stereotypes and commonly held beliefs about the region. Prerequisite: ANTH 1024 or SOC 1004. Also listed as SOC 3424. IV

ANTH 3504 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Provides analysis of the cultural conditions (both material and ideological) that shape the meanings underlying masculinity and femininity in various cultural contexts. Perspectives from Marxist and feminist theory, political economy, psychodynamic/psychological anthropology, and evolutionary psychology are utilized to understand gendered differences in cultural behavior. Prerequisites: ANTH 1024or WS 1004; and at least 1 2000 level or above anthropology course. Also listed as WS 3514. III A or IV; V

ANTH 3944 Junior Seminar: History and Theory Of Anthropology
Explores how theory has shaped both the kinds of questions posed by anthropologists and the data yielded by particular modes of inquiry since the early twentieth century. Examines the extent to which theoretical perspectives are tied to social and cultural norms of the time, and investigates how some predominant historical paradigms in the field of anthropology shape contemporary ethnographic work. Prerequisite: ANTH 1024, 1034, or 1054, and 2 upper-level ANTH courses. IV; V

ANTH 4014 Independent Study
Individual student research and practice in selected areas of anthropology, under faculty supervision. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: ANTH 1024 or 1034 and permission of instructor.

ANTH 4204 Internship in Anthropology
Provides supervised placement of students in organizations dealing with anthropology field research, archaeology, directed culture change, or education in anthropological topics (museums, for example). The program provides an opportunity to work in some area of anthropology and to apply principles of anthropological courses. Substantive internship and organization to be chosen in consultation with internship supervisor. A total of 3 course units can be counted toward major requirements. (1 course unit.) CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: ANTH 1024 or 1034, 4 course units in sociology or anthropology, and permission of instructor.

ANTH 4208 Internship in Anthropology
Provides supervised placement of students in organizations dealing with anthropology field research, archaeology, directed culture change, or education in anthropological topics (museums, for example). The program provides an opportunity to work in some area of anthropology and to apply principles of anthropological courses. Substantive internship and organization to be chosen in consultation with internship supervisor. A total of 3 course units can be counted toward major requirements. (2 course units.) CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: ANTH 1024 or 1034, 4 course units in sociology or anthropology, and permission of instructor.

ANTH 4212 Internship in Anthropology
Provides supervised placement of students in organizations dealing with anthropology field research, archaeology, directed culture change, or education in anthropological topics (museums, for example). The program provides an opportunity to work in some area of anthropology and to apply principles of anthropological courses. Substantive internship and organization to be chosen in consultation with internship supervisor. A total of 3 course units can be counted toward major requirements. (3 course units.) CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: ANTH 1024 or 1034, 4 course units in sociology or anthropology, and permission of instructor.

ANTH 4444 Senior Seminar in Anthropology
Explores contemporary applied and theoretical issues in anthropology. Student projects for the course may be based on original research, field work and/or review of existing literature. Central themes for the course will vary and may include topics such as migration, identity, representation, human rights, refugee populations, and the future of anthropology. Prerequisite: ANTH 1024, 3944, and 3 additional units in anthropology, and senior status in anthropology. IV

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